Why Estonia is the Ideal Location for Your Next Period Film
A great historical period movie takes us back in time, immersing us in a glimpse of what life could have been like “back in the day.” Like little time capsules, they don’t really age, but captivate curious audiences for years or decades after they are made.
Over and over, we create period films — sometimes even using similar plots and characters — yet they continue to fascinate us.
Many different pieces must fall into place to create a great film, and setting is perhaps more important than some other types of films. But you may be surprised to learn that you don’t need to rent Versailles for your film (it’s been done anyway), or even shell out extra cash for overly-expensive mansions and castles.
There’s a smart alternative that won’t break the bank: Estonia.
Film Estonia’s cash-rebate is an incentive that supports the production of feature films and more. Apply for international production service or co-production to receive a cash rebate up to 30% on eligible production costs.
Sound nice? Well, it is. And it’s about to get even better since we haven’t mentioned any of the locations yet.
Estonia is full of locales which are both rich in history and virtually untouched. From rustic saunas to broad swaths of forests, you will find a certain natural atmosphere that is unmatched elsewhere in Europe. The country also has a relatively sparse population, which means that it should be easy to find filming locations without having to pay too many people to get out of the way.
Estonian manors attract film crews from around the world for good reason. Estonia is home to so many manors that an entire internet portal has been built around these architectural wonders, enabling anyone to take a cyber look at these stunning buildings.
A Finnish feature called Maria’s Paradise, for instance, was filmed in Olustvere manor, one of the best-preserved manor complexes in Estonia. Another Finnish period feature, Helene, uses Esna and Palmse manors as locations.
Gritty City Scenes
Should you find the need for a dreary Soviet-era micro-district with its sinister, 16-story cookie-cutter 1970’s structures for a science fiction film or spy thriller, check out Lasnamäe, a district in Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia, marked by its gloomy mass housing and maze-like streets. Or you could visit the city of Sillamäe, a brightly-colored display of near-pristine Stalinist neoclassical architecture.
The story doesn’t end there, of course. Neither do creative opportunities, especially when supported by a hefty and well-oiled cash-rebate system.
You could shoot your period flick anywhere in the world or you could bring your production to Estonia. So why wouldn’t you give it a go?